Degrees and Programs


Why study nutrition at Benedictine?

Reputation. Forbes magazine consistently lists Benedictine University among the top colleges and universities in the nation. The Benedictine University nutrition programs have been rated highly by our own students and alumni.

Faculty who care. We are concerned about you and your success and will provide help, support and career mentoring.

Concrete, practical, hands-on experiences. We will involve you in your educational endeavors. We strongly believe in “hands-on” learning and assessment. Nutrition courses use multiple methods of interaction and assessment, including authentic case studies, presentations, lesson plans, research, laboratory reports, debates and discussions. Nutrition majors have the opportunity to gain real on-the-job experience, confidence and networking through supervised practica.

Small class sizes. Smaller class sizes help students engage and promote more active learning and networking with your peers who are your future colleagues. Enrollment in nutrition courses ranges between eight and 24 students.

How does the program work?

The Benedictine University at Mesa Nutrition major is designed as a future-orientated, comprehensive, dynamic and interdisciplinary program. Cooperative learning from peers and mentors is encouraged and self-responsibility is stressed. Benedictine University at Mesa strives to develop an academic community that supports each person in the pursuit of knowledge and personal development. Our hope is to stir within each individual the hopes, dreams and passions to become their best, make a positive difference in the lives of others and continue to learn and develop lifelong.

Courses in written and oral communications, ethics, cultural heritage, and social and behavioral sciences provide a strong interdisciplinary foundation. Courses in lifecycle nutrition, community nutrition, medical nutrition and food science will focus your interests in nutrition. Specialty courses in assessment, education theory, program evaluation, group process, environmental nutrition and health in the aging population are designed to develop your knowledge and skills as a health educator. Throughout your coursework, you will apply and integrate the learning principles in a practical and problem-solving manner. The health education capstone is a field experience designed to apply your learning in a real-world setting.

If you plan to transfer to Benedictine University, you are strongly urged to meet in a timely manner with an admissions counselor and an academic advisor so that you may coordinate your plan and still complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition within four years.

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